How Much Does It Cost to Put Up a Fence?

by Team eLocal
Replacing a temporary fence

Fencing Costs at a Glance

  • Wood fence: $1.50-$17.50 per linear foot
  • Vinyl fence: $15-$25 per linear foot
  • Chain link fence: $5 per linear foot
  • Iron fence: $30-$50 per linear foot
  • Labor cost: $30-$80 per hour

Whether it’s for privacy and safety or to increase aesthetics and property value, installing a fence around your yard can be a great idea. But how much does a fence cost?

Fence installation costs vary depending on the materials and installation methods you choose. In general, you can expect to spend between $1,000 and $4,000.

Wood Fence Costs

A wooden fence offers a classic, natural look and can be constructed for relatively cheap, depending on the type of wood you choose.

Based on data from Bob Vila, your cheapest option is treated pine, at $1.50 per linear foot. At the upper end, redwood costs about $17.50 per linear foot. Cedar is a midrange option: $7 to $15 per linear foot.

Vinyl has become a popular choice for back and front yard fences because it’s an easy material to maintain. For simple white vinyl, you can expect to pay between $15 and $25 per linear foot. If you prefer a colored fence like beige or black, expect to pay between $40 and $60 per foot.

Privacy Fence Costs

Carl Sandburg once said: “Love thy neighbor as thyself, but don’t take down the fence.” Privacy is something all of us value, and installing a privacy fence lets you enjoy your backyard without worry. When it comes to privacy fence cost, Forbes says the price depends largely on the material you choose. Some of the cheapest privacy fencing materials include wire and bamboo.

  • Wire: $1 to $7 per linear foot
  • Bamboo: $6 to $12 per linear foot
  • Wood: $17 to $22 per linear foot
  • Vinyl: $15 to $30 per linear foot
  • Wrought Iron: $24 to $50 per linear foot
  • Aluminum: $30 to $50 per linear foot

Chain Link Fence Costs

Like wood, chain link is a relatively budget-friendly option. While chain link is not the most aesthetic fence material, it does allow you to see through the fence, making it a good choice for a security fence, or a fence for keeping pets in your yard. You can expect to pay as little as $5 per linear foot of chain link fence, according to The Spruce.

Iron Fence Costs

Iron fencing is an eye-catching option ideal for fencing in front yards and gardens. But it’s certainly not your cheapest choice. If you’re set on the wrought iron look, expect to pay around $30 to $50 per linear foot. In some instances, you could end up paying $100 or more per linear foot.

Other Cost Factors

Materials account for a large portion of your fence installation costs, but there are other cost factors to be prepared for as well.

  • Height and length of fence
  • Removal of old fencing
  • Adding gates and posts
  • Acquiring fencing permits
  • General maintenance
  • Landscaping

Labor Costs

Like materials, labor makes up a large portion of the overall fence installation cost. While labor costs vary from city to city, Bob Vila says you should plan to spend between $30 and $80 per hour.

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